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Knaffle drives into bright future at South Carolina

St. James High’s Smith Knaffle has had plenty of time to get used to the idea of playing golf at the University of South Carolina after committing to the Gamecocks last year. But at last Friday’s signing ceremony, surrounded by loved ones and watching a video presentation of her many accomplishments, it finally sank in like a 3-foot putt. “It was awesome having all my friends... 

Golf: MB captures fourth; SJ’s state-title run halted

Another season, another program-best finish for the Myrtle Beach High girls golf team. The Seahawks placed fourth at the SCHSL Class 4A girls golf tournament at The Hackler Course in Conway, improving on their previous year’s finish for the third consecutive season and placing higher than any previous Myrtle Beach squad. “I wished we had finished higher but I’m happy with fourth,”... 

Golf: CF, SJ qualify in 5A; MB, NMB finish 2-3 in 4A

The St. James girls golf team was runner-up at Monday’s Class 5A Lower State Tournament, and two Carolina Forest players tied for third individually to lead the Lady Panthers to a share of fourth place and a berth in next week’s SCHSL State Championships at the Columbia Country Club. Carolina Forest eight-grader Mia Gray and Victoria Callahan shot identical rounds of 74 to lead the... 

Golf: Sharks top Panthers; Knaffle, Gray co-medalists

The three-time state champion St. James girls golf team captured the Region 6-5A tournament title on a breezy Monday at River Oaks Golf Plantation, but two-time reigning state champion Smith Knaffle had to share individual medalist honors with another up-and-comer. Carolina Forest eighth-grader Mia Gray went shot for shot with the senior and South Carolina commit Knaffle, turning in identical 18-hole... 

Celebs, golf community team up for flood relief

PGA TOUR superstar Dustin Johnson, NASCAR champion Denny Hamlin, and Mark Bryan of Hootie & the Blowfish are teaming up with the Myrtle Beach golf community to raise money for families impacted by Hurricane Florence. Myrtle Beach’s two PGA TOUR Superstore locations are also participating in the initiative. Johnson, a 19-time PGA TOUR winner, is partnering with PlayGolfMyrtleBeach.com and... 

Strand golf courses race to re-open in wake of storm

Myrtle Beach area golf courses, spared the worst of Hurricane Florence’s wrath, are nearly all re-opened. As of Wednesday morning, 45 area courses were open for play, including Arrowhead Golf Club (pictured). That number is expected to rise to 69 by Friday. “We are obviously excited to have golfers playing again in Myrtle Beach, and they can expect to see sunny skies and quality course conditions,”... 

Golf: Sharks claim second place at Palmetto Preview

The three-time defending state champion St. James girls golf team got its first tough test of the season Tuesday at the Palmetto Preview tournament at Mid Carolina Country Club in Columbia. The Lady Sharks got off to a slow start before picking it up on the back nine to finish in second place with a team total 333, five strokes behind rival Lexington. Two-time individual state champion Smith Knaffle... 

South Carolina residents rise to top at World Am

Greg Williams of North Augusta, S.C., shot a net 67 (gross 90) to win the Flight Winners’ Playoff at the 35th Annual PlayGolfMyrtleBeach.com World Amateur Handicap Championship Friday at Barefoot Resort’s Dye Course. Williams emerged from a field of 3,184 golfers and edged second-place finishers Rob Durbin (York, S.C.) and Mark Dey (Decatur, Mich.) by two shots to claim the title of World Champion. Derrick... 

Golf: Sharks ace opener; MB runs table in first week

The three-time reigning state champion St. James girls golf team launched its title defense Thursday in a nine-hole match at Traces Golf Club over West Florence. The Lady Sharks won their first regular season match by firing a 2-over 146 to top the host Lady Knights’ team score of 224. The Lady Sharks were led by freshman Adrian Anderson, who earned medalist honors by shooting 3-under 33.... 

Thousands invade Strand seeking World Am crown

Nearly 3,200 golfers from 49 states and 26 countries teed off under sunny skies Monday morning in the first round of the PlayGolfMyrtleBeach.com World Amateur Handicap Championship. A 72-hole, net stroke play event, golfers were placed into tightly grouped flights based on age, gender and their handicap index. After 72 holes of competition, all flight winners and ties will advance to Friday’s... 
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